JAPN 100 (3 cr): Beginning Japanese I

1. Course objectives/outcomes

Japanese 100 is designed to adequately handle your needs in various limited social situations. You will be able to speak and write about such topics as your personal background, experiences, preferences, needs, interests, plans in forms beyond simple sentences. You will be able to exchange detailed information, give information and reasons to support points of views and give advice to others in various situations. Emphasis will be on developing an awareness of the sociolinguistics of Japanese language as well as formal grammatical features.

By the end of this course you are expected to be able to gain an ample grounding in basic grammar, and to communicate in unrehearsed contexts.

  • Grammar is very important to create sentences to convey your “intended” meanings.
    One must develop accuracy in the grammatical structures of Japanese in a given context. Focused are

    1. word order,
    2. particles, and
    3. the forms
  • Writing: to develop abilities to write a short descriptive essay which consists of introduction, main body, conclusion, without spelling mistakes and serious grammatical errors.
  • Reading: to recognise the main idea. Analyse the structures of a sentence, such as grammatical subject – predicate.
  • Listening and speaking: to understand and participate in short everyday conversation. Students must listen to the audio material on the course site (Genki I).
  • Computer skill: to write e-mails and to word-process in Japanese

At the end of the term, you

  • Can introduce yourself
  • Can go shopping
  • Can order food and drink at the restaurant
  • Can invite your friend
  • Can describe the location of the item
  • Can talk about your schedule
  • Can talk about a trip
  • Can describe your favorite food, sports, town, etc.
  • Can make a request
  • Can ask for /give permission……and much more!

This course is prerequisite for Japanese 101. Students who took the Grade 12 Japanese language course or equivalent should not be in this course. It is recommended that students who took Japanese language courses in high school must speak with your instructor.

2. Course materials and components

Textbook: Genki 1 Textbook: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese

Workbook: Genki 1 Workbook: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese

JAPN100 Textbook Order Form

3. Assessment and Assignment

Course requirements:

JAPN100 Beginning Japanese I (3 credits, 1 term)
Final exam 40%
Online quizzes 15%
Oral interview test 10%
Assignments (writing and recording) 15%
Participation 10%
Writing test (up to lesson 5) 10%

4. Course Format

This 13 week course is divided into six lessons. At the beginning of each lesson, you will find a list of objectives. You will start with practicing new vocabulary and complete an online vocabulary quiz by the due date. Each Lesson involves about five to seven new grammar points, speaking, reading, writing and a lesson quiz. Grammar exercises will be provided and all exercises must be completed by the due date. You will not have access to the exercises and quizzes after the due date. You should expect to spend approximately 12 hours a week on this course. One oral interview test and 2.5 hour final examination will be given at the end of the term.

5. Graded Assignments

There are four assignments due during each lesson.

  • Writing 1 – Hiragana, Katakana, Kanji of each lesson
  • Writing 2 – composition
  • Speaking 1 – recorded pair work
  • Speaking 2 – individual recording (Voice Board)


In language courses it is imperative that you attend every class, since new material is presented every day. Acquiring a language is not something that can be achieved through overnight cramming; rather, it can only be accomplished through the accumulation of daily effort.
It is now a departmental policy that those who receive scores below 60 per cent repeat the same course before moving on to a higher-level course.


Everyone must register for the course in which they wish to enroll. Those who are on the wait list, but do not attend the first day of class, will not be eligible for the course regardless of their status on the wait list. If you do not attend class the first week of the new semester, we may remove your name from the registration list and allow another person on the wait list to enroll.


Take an initiative to contact your instructor periodically regarding your performance in class and other matters about which you may be concerned.
Make-up quizzes will NOT be given – NO EXCEPTIONS.
Those who must miss an exam/test due to compelling extenuating circumstances should call or e-mail their instructor or the test starts. (The notification is invalid, for example, if you wake up late and inform us of your absence after class. In case of illness, you will be excused only with a doctor’s note.) Also, you are required to reschedule a day to make up the test with your instructor (via phone or e-mail) within the same day that you miss the exam/test, and the exam/test make-up should be conducted within three days from the originally scheduled class. (E.g., if the test is scheduled on a Friday, then you need to make-up the test on Monday.)


Written assignments are due on the dates indicated in the calendar


Academic dishonesty is considered a very serious issue. Please read the University policies on cheating and plagiarism in the UBC calendar under “Student Discipline.” All incidents of academic dishonesty will be reported to the President’s Office.